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Tuesday, April 22, 2003

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Hyperion to Bring Midnight Racing to Mac
9:06 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Hyperion Enterainment and IncaGold have recently announced a license agreement which will allow Hyperion to port current and future IncaGold titles to several platforms, including the Mac, Linux, and Amiga.

The first title in the docket is Midnight Racing, a 3D driving game that pits cars in nighttime races:

Midnight racing brings the excitement of realistic night driving to the PC using a state of the art graphics engine. Say goodbye to speed limits and take to the road in a spectacular simulation with unique night-time light effects. Test your skills at up to 180mph, or race with your friends in a competitive head to head mode.
Other featuers include 16 different cars, 10 tracks, and nighttime lighting effects. Those interested in screenshots can find them at IncaGold's site.

For those unfamiliar with the companies, IncaGold is a successful manufacturer/publisher of casual gaming titles such as Tactical Manager 2 and Paintball Heroes. Hyperion, which should be more familiar, has ported popular titles such as No One Lives Forever and Shogo: MAD to the Mac platform.

IncaGold and Hyperion Entertainment enter into comprehensive license agreement
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GarageGames Releases Orbz 2.0
3:21 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

GarageGames and 21-6 Productions have released Orbz 2.0 for Mac OS X, with thirty-five all new single-player challenges, online community high scores, computer opponents called Botz, three new courses to compete on, 15 new orbs to choose from, and more.

Orbz is an action/arcade game set in Mario-like 3D environments. The object of the game is to shoot your orb at targets located throughout 14 distinct courses in a race to score the most points. Game play contains both intense action and also strategy in planning the best scoring shots. Power-ups, like the "Money Shot" and "Curse of the Goober", are also available to either give you a scoring advantage or to slow down your opponents.

In Solo Mode, the player completes a series of progressively difficult challenges that focus on scoring the most points in different scenarios. Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals are awarded for scoring performance and high scores for each challenge are tracked world-wide against all other Orbz players. For every 5 gold medals achieved, the player will also unlock a fancy new Orb to use in Solo or Online mode. Finally, there is a tutorial mode that will teach the player basics controls and scoring strategies.

The Online Mode allows Orbz players to compete against each other over the Internet or Local Area Network. Up to 10 players, including computer opponents called Botz, can join a Lobby where the matches will be coordinated by selecting the course to play, number of rounds in the match, and a per-round time limit. A world-wide ranking system is also available for those who wish to compete for the ultimate title of Orbz Champion.
Orbz 2.0 is available for $14.95. A demo of Orbz 2.0 is available for download from IMG Pro users can grab it through their Hot Downloads page.

Orbz 2.0
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Bubble Trouble X 1.0.1 Released
3:15 PM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software has released an update to the OS X remake of their classic squish-the-fish arcade game Bubble Trouble. The new version of Bubble Trouble X is 1.0.1 and it fixes some compatibilitry issues.

List of changes:

  • Changed startup so if screen fades can't be used it defaults to wipes, rather than quitting with an error

  • Fixed bug with Jaguar where screen could flash indefinitely if game was switched to background when playing in full screen or with 'switch depth for speed' option on

  • Updated resolution switching code, which should make it more compatible with newer systems

  • Several smaller bug fixes and changes
  • To download Bubble Trouble X 1.0.1, head over to to download it. For those of you that haven't tried out Bubble Trouble yet, now is an excellent time to do so.

    Ambrosia Software
    Ambrosia Newswire: Bubble Trouble X 1.0.1 Released
    Bubble Trouble X 1.0.1

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    IMG Previews ThinkTanks
    11:26 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Independent game designers BraveTree Productions are about to release their company's first game; a Torque Engine-powered 3D tank battle extravaganza called ThinkTanks. IMG's Jean-Luc Dinsdale recently got a chance to check out a recent beta of the game and today IMG has posted a preview of the game.

    Here's a clip from the preview:

    Gameplay is simple. Players are put in charge of a single tank, which is seen in the third-person view, with the camera following above and a little behind the vehicle. Using the keyboard to control the tank's movements and the mouse to aim the turret and fire the canon, players are given the task of rolling around the lush, hilly terrains, fulfilling objectives and destroying as many of the opponents' tanks as possible, while avoiding being blown up themselves.
    Be sure to check out the complete preview by following the links below.

    IMG Preview: ThinkTanks
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    New Master of Orion III Data Patch Released
    11:02 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    Quicksilver recently announced that they have released a new data patch for Master of Orion 3. For those unfamiliar with MOO3, it?s that latest in the classic Master of Orion Series of turn-based space strategy games, which features deep strategic gameplay along with much improved multi-player over previous games in the series. This latest patch makes a number of updates, the biggest of which are:

    -Tech development slowed down
    -Strategic military AI improved slightly
    -Changes to race picks
    -Easier off-road travel
    Since the patch only updates data files, it will work with both the Mac and PC versions of MOO3. For more information, or to download the patch, follow the provided link below. If you don't yet own a copy of MOO3, you can order it from the IMG store by following the below link.

    Master of Orion III
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    Master of Orion III Data Patch
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    ThinkTanks Q&A
    9:06 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    HomeLan recently got a chance to sit down and talk with Joe Maruschak of BraveTree productions about their upcoming game, ThinkTanks. ThinkTanks is a 3D remake of the classic Atari tank battle game Combat.

    ThinkTanks features some impressive visuals and gameplay elements thanks to GarageGame's powerful 3D Torque engine. The interview goes into detail on the development of ThinkTanks, along with the different gameplay elements which will be included.

    Here's a sample of the interview:

    HomeLAN - How did the idea behind ThinkTanks come about?

    Joe Maruschak - After working on some big titles at Dynamix, we wanted to get back to basics. We had a day long 'brain-storming" session to talk about what we wanted to do. We got to talking about some of the old games we used to play 'back in the day', things like asteriods, defender, tempest, and atari's combat. We had all enjoyed atari's combat, and we wanted to take a simple play mechanic in a game such as this and translate it into 3D. We decided to go with a tank combat game inspired by, but not a copy of, Combat. The name of the game, ThinkTanks, kind of grew right out of the "brainstorm" session.

    HomeLAN - Is there a storyline behind the game?

    Joe Maruschak - The story itself is intentionally 'retro'. It looks back to a lot of the pulp science fiction we grew up on, and in many ways seeks to reinforce the design intent of the game. The backstory is that an alien race has been coming to earth to steal the brains of humans to put in tanks back on their homeworld to fight their wars for them. In the single player part of the game, you have broken free from the mind control of the aliens and battle against their sinister robots as you attempt to free your enslaved brethren. We wanted to keep the story basic and very simple, as we wanted the game to capture the arcade flavor of the games we were trying to emulate and not burden the play with a heavy storyline.
    ThinkTanks is slated to be released for Mac, Windows, and Linux by Garagegames, with the Mac version to be released before the others. For more information on ThinkTanks, or to read the full interview, follow the provided links below.

    ThinkTanks Q&A
    BraveTree Productions
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    Black Shades Coming to OS X
    9:06 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

    Black Shades, the bodyguard simulator with which developer David Rosen entered the uDevGame 2002 contest, is being ported to MacOSX by Derek S. Arndt and is expected to be released in the coming week.

    While intended to be a carbon title, Black Shades was released for OS 9 only due to the tight deadline imposed by the contest at iDevGames.

    In Black Shades, the only first-person shooter to enter uDevGame 2002, the player takes the role of a bodyguard with psychic powers who has to protect a VIP from various assailants in a randomly-generated virtual city.

    Though a bit rough-looking due to the low model detail and the overall lack of textures, the game boasts skeletal animation with inverse kinematics, allowing the player models to react accurately to melee blows or gunfire. Also, Black Shades was awarded the uDevGame prize for best sound effects and music, along with Holmes Futrell's arcade jet fighter game Raptor.

    For more information on Black Shades check IMG writer Galen Wiley's comments in the Inside Mac Games uDevGame feature, available through the link below.

    The OS 9 version of Black Shades is available for download at Macgamefiles, and stay tuned for more word on the carbonized port.

    IMG writer Galen Wiley comments on Black Shades
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    Redline Status Check
    9:06 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

    Ambrosia Software has updated the progress log for their upcoming 3D racing game Redline, currently in development for the Mac.

    From the update:

  • added a feature to display player names above the player in network games, in addition to having player names on license plates, which can be hard to read most of the time
  • added a few cars marcus modeled, all with different colors to choose from
  • replaced OpenPlay with Network_Tool as the underlying network engine.. still tweaking on this one, especially on making the game work over NAT connections.
  • With Redline, Ambrosia Software will bring an exciting racing experience with a highly developed physics engine for the Mac. If you want to know more about the game, head over to Ambosia's website.

    We will keep you posted as more information about Redline is unveiled.

    Ambrosia Software
    Redline progress log

    Aspyr Project Updates
    9:06 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

    Aspyr Media has recently updated their Project Status page, updating the status on their upcoming games.

  • The upcoming vampiric thriller BloodRayne by Terminal Reality is in duplication and should be available in stores soon.

  • The action racing game SpyHunter has reached Final Candidate status. This means that the game is sent off for approvals and that we can look forward to get our hands on the game some time in may.

  • NASCAR Racing Season 2003 is now at Gold Master. Fans of realistic driving simulators will not have to wait much longer until they can play this amazingly looking game that has been brought to the mac by Westlake Interactive.

    All three of these games are available to pre-order from the IMG store. Don't forget to check out our own sneak preview of BloodRayne as well.

    Aspyr Media: Project Status page
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    IMG Preview: BloodRayne
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    Mac Games News for Monday, April 21, 2003

    Europa Universalis II, Another War Declard Gold Master4:15 PM
    Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin Beta Patch1:50 PM
    Finding Nemo Game to Ship in May1:47 PM
    Apple Posts WWDC Session Schedule Grids11:56 AM
    IMG Hands-On Preview of Dungeon Siege11:17 AM
    Blizzard's Bill Roper on The Gamesome Mac8:56 AM
    Gamespy Interview on Mac Everquest8:56 AM
    Sprite Animation Toolkit for OS X Reaches Alpha8:56 AM
    Uplink Beta Makes Progress8:56 AM
    Vendetta 3.2 Update Released8:56 AM
    Warcraft III: Frozen Throne Impressions Posted8:56 AM
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